Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Types Of Indian Handwork Embroidery Every Woman Must Own

The talk about aesthetic riches of India and abundant craftsmanship falls incomplete without the discussion of numerous embroidery styles that have thrived in the country down the chapters of history. Here, we bring them back to you , one by one:

Created meticulously with the help of a pen like needle, sequins and beads, Aari Work is one of the finest and most popular kinds of Indian embroidery on the list. The embroidery originated in 12th century to please the Mughal rulers and has evolved over time from portraits and floral motifs to modern day designs.  The main regions of availability of Aari work today is Kashmir and certain hilly slopes of Northern India.

A sincere treat to the eyes, Banjara work embroidery is an assembly of vibrantly hued threads, mirrors cut out in various geometric patterns and some simple stitches like long stitch, short stitch, herringbone and chain stitch. The work is done by traditional artisans of banjara tribe who have inherited the skills from their ancestors. Today the work is used to decorate clothes, accessories, foot wear and even upholstery. The majority of artisans of banjara work today hail from Andhra Pradesh.

A beautiful example of rich craftsman ship of India, Chamba Rumal work originated in the terrains of Himachal Pradesh in the Chamba region, initially limiting itself to only 'rumals.' The squares cut out of cotton and muslin were decked with beautiful designs created out of silk threads and metallic wires. The embroidery patterns took inspiration from mythological tales, Gods and Goddesses, animals, weapons and scenes from everyday life. The most popular colour palette followed contains orange, red, black, yellow, ultramarine, purple, pink and green.

Beautifully curated white pieces of cotton, muslin, organza and Georgette in white come decked with intricate white embroidery which is celebrated as Chikankari, Lucknow's gift to the rich cultural heritage of India. Famous as the embroidery promoted by Noor Jehan, the work boasts of 36 different kinds of stitches and a five-layered production process. Now-a-days, the work is even available on coloured/dye-able fabrics.

Counted down as one of the most loved embroidery style of the season, Gota work is native to Rajasthan and Jaipur. Pieces of zari ribbon are cut out in different shapes and sewed down at edges to form lovely patterns. Khandela and Shekhawati are the places renowned for Gota patti work.